Marlene A MillerFebruary 22, 1931 ~ March 24, 2017 (age 86)
Marlene Ardith Young Miller, was born February 22, 1931 in Havre, Montana to the late Charles David Young and the late Lulu Bell Gunn Young.
Proud to be a Scottsman of Clan Gunn, she grew up with her sister the late Charlene Mielke in the family chicken farming business. The family moved to Joplin, MO and continued their chicken farm. Marlene married the late William Miller and became the beloved mother of the late Susan Marie Miller and Douglas Ray Miller. She worked her entire life for her family. Marlene was a secretary and book keeper providing for herself and her children always.
She had long term employment at Chevy and Ford dealerships in Rapid City, SD, 17 years with the Western Foundry in Longmont, Colorado and retired from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Great Plains Systems Research Unit, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Shortly after Marlene retired she and her son, Doug, who has been her “rock" and reason to persevere, were caught in the Spring Creek Flood in Fort Collins. They lost just about everything including their homes; but, they had each other. Marlene enjoyed being a special aunt for Connie Gunn and took her to heart as her second daughter. She enjoyed being a great aunt to Raymond, Paul, Cheri', Brandi and Colt and would tell her friends of any recent accomplishment of theirs as if a "grandma had to brag”. Marlene was a great great aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.
She enjoyed singing, camping, backpacking, knitting and crocheting, doing crafts and crosswords and going to “Wendy's" lunches with her friends from the USDA; Pat, Debbie, Mary, Lee, Linda and Olga. One of her favorite get-a-aways after retiring was to camp in her mobile home with Pat’s Family at the Happy Jack Campground in Wyoming or Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. In recent years because of limited mobility her phone was an integral part of her life to stay up to date with family and friends like Clyde, Danette and others. Marlene also enjoyed nursing home backyard picnics with Debbie, Pat and Pat’s daughters, Amanda and Robyn (who she did crafts with in the early years) and who brought their daughters Rose and Lucy to visit in 2016.
Marlene faced many trials and tribulations in her life particularly the life long struggle with the loss of her beloved Susan; but, she never let her personal sorrows keep her from leading the life God intended her to live for others on the earth. Romans 5:4-5 "We know that affliction makes for endurance, and endurance for tested virtue and tested virtue for hope. And this hope will not leave us disappointed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Marlene was a blessing to all who knew her. She appeared to be a lamb among the lions of the world but her love, her kindness, her character, and her strength of sprit persevered. Her hope in Jesus does not disappoint her for she will be in her Father’s house in heaven with Susan.